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MACR PILOT: 2Lt  Wesley G.  Stansbury  - O-816610

MACR: 08173 FICHE : 03002

ORGANIZATION

LOCATION: AAF Station #139 COMMAND: VIII AF GROUP: 100th Bomb Gp (H) AAF
SQUADRON: 350th BS DETACHMENT:  
     

DETAIL

DEPARTURE:AAF Station #139 INITIAL COURSE: E  
INTENDED DESTINATION: Merseburg    
MISSION TYPE:Operational    

WEATHER & VISIBILITY AT TIME OF LAST REPORT

CONDITION: 10/10 undercast    

GIVE

DATE: 1944-07-28 TIME: 12:31 LOCATION: 5238N - 0157E

SPECIFY:

Last Sighted

CONFIRMED OR BELIEVED REASON FOR LOSS

LOSS DUE TO : Other circumstances

OTHER REASON FOR LOSS:

Collision with

AIRCRAFT: 42-97621

TYPE: B-17 SERIES: G  
     
     

ENGINES:

MODEL: R-1820-97    
A: SW-005382
B: 41-42136
C: SSW-009855
D: SW-005578
   

INSTALLED WEAPONS:

A: 948009
B: 949021
C: 224905
D: 446809
E: 728762
F: 225226
G: 447393
H: 224954
I: 947980
J: 949518
K: 229506
L: 227605

PERSONS BELOW ARE LISTED AS:

CASUALTY TYPE: Battle casualty  
NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD:    
CREW: 9 PASS: TOTAL: 9

PERSONNEL:

POSITION NAME RANK SERIAL
P1
P2 Wesley G.  Stansbury 2Lt O-816610
CP John E. Baxter 2Lt O-709746
NAV (N) William M. Fischer 2Lt O-712541
BOM (B) Richard D. Hawkins TSgt 12040698
RAD Wesson A. Stetson TSgt 36562907
ENG G.W. Moxley TSgt 18192282
BAL Henry W. Inskeep SSgt 13112031
WG (W) Melvin M. Rogoff SSgt 36653207
WG (W)
TG (T) John A. Myers SSgt 18122047

PERSONS WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE LAST KNOWLEDGE OF AIRCRAFT

Albert e. Trommer 2Lt O-755793
Last sighted
Julian T. Rogers 1Lt O-812660
Last sighted    

PERSONNEL WHO ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE SURVIVED

REASON: Any other reason OTHER: Collision with A/C 42-32009  

EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF CRASH

Report:
"At 1231 near 5238N - 1057E while the formation was flying just above undercast at 9000 feet. A/C #009 was flying #7 in the low squadron. It pulled up climbing and struck A/C #621 with it's vertical stabilizer. A/C #009 broke in half at the waist and fell through the undercast. Two bodies were seen to come from A/C #009 but no open chutes were observe red. A/C #621 had it's left aileron torn off and the A/C went into a steep dive, disappearing into the undercast with pieces falling off. No chutes or bodies were seen to come from this A/C. A/C #903 was sent back to patrol the area and assist Air-Sea Rescue. However observers on this A/C failed to find any trace of the A/C or crews during half and hour of searching."
   
   
Second Witness: No Data  
Report:

DESCRIPTION OF SEARCH EFFORT

DETAIL:No search made.

PREPARING OFFICER

PREPARED BY: WALTER G. BURKE 1st Lt. Air Corps Assistant Adjutant

DATE PREPARED: 1944-07-30

TRANSCRIBER NOTES


REPORT:

This crew and that of A. S. Spear were involved in a mid air collision over the North sea on returning from the mission   Lt John Goethel was flying with the crew of J. E. David on 3/9/44 when that ship crashed into the sea . He was replaced on this mission by T/Sgt Richard D. Hawkins who was KIA.  (Goethel and two other crewmen were saved from the David collision - the members of his old crew were not so fortunate.

The dead of Stansbury's crew are all commemorated on the Wall Of The Missing at Cambridge.